Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Long time since last update

A lot has happened since the last entry. Unfortunately, I can't say that we're done unpacking. I did manage to plant some bulbs on the other side of the front entry. Three months later, this is what happened:

Not too shabby. This past summer, we've been getting drenched with rain. Add the heat and you've got a nice fertile environment. And mosquitoes.

I'm not sure if we'll get much more going as far as landscape. Mainly because of time. Things should ease up early next year. Then again, January is not exactly prime growing season. The focus until then will be pulling out the weeds (and poison oak that's lurking about) and reining in the mulch. Fun fun fun.

Wednesday, May 13, 2009





we have been really busy trying to move in...move out...pack...unpack...finish the the kids we have not had time to post anything new. below is a link where you can find all the pics Craig Kuhner took of the house. enjoy!

Tuesday, April 14, 2009


Craig Kuhner took these amazing shots. enjoy!

Thursday, March 12, 2009

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

what a ride

cleaning out my computer and ran across some old files....original montage and study model. seems like ancient history when we had no idea if we would ever be able to build or not. it was pure fantasy land. babygirl was so little. we did it. ill try not to cry now.

Monday, March 9, 2009

shots masako

a few more shots from masako..they will trickle in over the next few days......enjoy!


MASAKO nights

a friend of ours MASAKO came by to take a bunch of pics. will post a more later but this is the first of many fantastic shots.

u dig?


Monday, March 2, 2009

GOOD times....

we had a very nice turnout on saturday. thanks to all those who stopped by. house is still holes in the walls...nobody fell off the roof terrace or in the pond. no fights....
GOOD times.

amazing thing is..many of the neighbors dropped by to introduce themselves...and to let us know how much they love the house. thats great and all but kind of disappointing because we dont have any stories to tell of protests with people chanting no gas stations or office buildings in their neighborhood. nobody had to move away because they get sick everytime they drive by...nothing. just "wow...we love it" thats no fun.

more pics soon.


Wednesday, February 18, 2009

time to party........


well...we would like to celebrate being almost finished with the house. still countless trim issues, details, paint touchups, few doors, landscaping, millwork, lights, etc.....but those things will never go away. so if you live in the area - DFW TX - then stop by for an open house/party.

if you can make it please let me know .... i will forward directions if needed.

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

garage....... it is....

for a long time we tried to get the city to let us do away with the garage requirements. no deal. city requires a minimum 2 car garage of some odd s.f. NO carports although there are several next to me that have them. there is no maximum size of garage needed. i inquired about putting a 10 car garage in the back and the guys at the city thought that would be ‘awesome’. another annoying thing about it is that if i cut down the trees in the back and put a long drive and slab behind the house then i don’t have to have anything at all. also cant have a linear tandem garage this is what we came up with. don’t have any budget for it so tried to do something that had a modicum of integrity. Simple painted exposed studs, wrapped with white chloroplast, 1” strips of the last massaranduba scraps, and a block wall in front to try and screen it from the street and connect it to the house. Chester Reed (mason) hooked me up with the wall this week and I will work on some drawings for him. Good trade. Looks fantastic at night with the lights on….

Thursday, February 12, 2009

more power shots....

took a few more shots with the lights on. need to get a better camera but these will have to do. some lights dont work but that is expected. have a look.

boys sat in for the shot but max did not understand "look natural..sit there and play with sticks..dont look at camera..." what can you do.


Wednesday, February 11, 2009


only took two days for utility company to come out and put on the meter and hook up the house. RECORD. however it did take 3 frustrating days back and forth calling different power companies...blah blah blah. now i can take some nightshots. mmmmmmmmmmmm.


Tuesday, February 3, 2009

GOT IT...with caveats

FANTASTIC......had final inspection today. PASS...kinda sorta. there a few things that we need to finish. detached garage being the major item however we can go ahead and get the power and gas hooked up. most small touch up things will be done later when we hit the lotto. for now she is almost finished. good day.

Monday, February 2, 2009

wrapping it up.......still

eiji welded the stops in for the front door. going for final inspection tomorrow. we'll see how it goes. stay tuned...

Friday, January 9, 2009

THICKwall finished...almost

robin's crew swung by this week to wrap up the maple THICKwalls downstairs. FANTASTIC!!! now i have to put the doors and pulls in.....when i can afford the hardware.

Saturday, January 3, 2009

massa island

more massa scraps put to good use. island is finished. lothar came by to plug in the oven and microwave. only ting left in the kitchen are toe kicks and the backsplash. they may have to wait until after we get the c.o.
floors almost finished. lighting and power almost finished. roof decking almost finished.
stay tuned.